Infotainment Factory: Coaches make over $16m after college football finale

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Monday, 7 January 2019

Coaches make over $16m after college football finale


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At the College Football Championship game, Clemson pulled off an upset over Alabama in a memorable 44-16 beatdown for their second national title in three years.

But after the trophy was presented in front of 75,000 fans, and the confetti finally settled on the Levi's Stadium turf, there remained a troubling fact about college football's biggest day.

While the highly profitable college football juggernaut continues to roll, with its governing body, the NCAA, reporting over $1 billion in revenue, the players receive nothing. Nada. Zip. The amount Clemson's coach and particularly Alabama's head coach made could make your eyes water though.

Swinney celebrates winning

Clemson's Dabo Swinney, 49, will collect a $US250,000 bonus for defeating Alabama. That's on top of his salary of $US6,825,000.

Swinney isn't the highest-paid coach in college football however. Alabama's Nick Saban, 67, took that honour last week after winning the College Football Playoff to make the national title game.

He became the first college coach to earn over $US9 million a season ($US9,025,000) with $US725,000 in total bonuses, on top of his $US7.5 million salary and a $US800,000 new contract incentive, according to ESPN sports business expert, Darren Rovell.

https://twitter.com/darrenrovell/status/1082466966026285057?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw

There's a reason Saban is so highly valued.

He's won a total of six national titles in college football, and is beloved in Alabama for it.

Saban is under contract through 2025, and has gotten an extension in each of the last three years with Alabama 127-12 over the last 10 seasons, where he has given the team by far the best record in the college football over that span.

Nick Saban and Dabo Swinney

It wasn't to be for Saban's men against Clemson this time though.

Swinney's squad (15-0) beat Alabama (14-1) for the second time in three meetings in the national title game.

“We’re gonna enjoy this one. We’ve got a nice spot to put it in our facility, right next to that other one,” Swinney said. “We’ve got twins!”

https://twitter.com/CFBPlayoff/status/1082499752531439617?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw

Freshman Trevor Lawrence threw for 347 yards and three touchdowns to lead No. 2 Clemson to victory over No. 1 Alabama.

“It’s been an awesome journey,” Lawrence said. “It’s really unbelievable.”

Lawrence threw TD passes to Travis Etienne, Tee Higgins and Justyn Ross to help undefeated Clemson become the first team in the AP poll era starting in 1936 to win 15 games in a season.

And Clemson crushed Alabama, becoming the first opponent to beat the Tide by more than 14 points since Saban became coach in 2007.

https://twitter.com/SportsCenter/status/1082500979839418369?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw

Alabama’s Tua Tagovailoa threw two crucial interceptions in the first half, the first returned 44 yards for a touchdown by A.J. Terrell to put Clemson up 7-0.

The Tide came in scoring 48 points per game, but were shut out over the final 44 minutes by an opportunistic Clemson defense that stiffened in key spots.

https://twitter.com/espn/status/1082463853135437825?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw

Tagovailoa, the sophomore Heisman runner-up who came off the bench to win the championship game last year for the Tide, went 22 for 34 for 295 yards and two touchdowns. But this time around he was benched for Jalen Hurts in the fourth quarter.

“Good is not good enough,” Tagovailoa said.

"We shot ourselves in the foot."

- with AP

At the College Football Championship game, Clemson pulled off an upset over Alabama in a memorable 44-16 beatdown for their second national title in three years.

But after the trophy was presented in front of 75,000 fans, and the confetti finally settled on the Levi's Stadium turf, there remained a troubling fact about college football's biggest day.

While the highly profitable college football juggernaut continues to roll, with its governing body, the NCAA, reporting over $1 billion in revenue, the players receive nothing. Nada. Zip. The amount Clemson's coach and particularly Alabama's head coach made could make your eyes water though.

Swinney celebrates winning

Clemson's Dabo Swinney, 49, will collect a $US250,000 bonus for defeating Alabama. That's on top of his salary of $US6,825,000.

Swinney isn't the highest-paid coach in college football however. Alabama's Nick Saban, 67, took that honour last week after winning the College Football Playoff to make the national title game.

He became the first college coach to earn over $US9 million a season ($US9,025,000) with $US725,000 in total bonuses, on top of his $US7.5 million salary and a $US800,000 new contract incentive, according to ESPN sports business expert, Darren Rovell.

https://twitter.com/darrenrovell/status/1082466966026285057?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw

There's a reason Saban is so highly valued.

He's won a total of six national titles in college football, and is beloved in Alabama for it.

Saban is under contract through 2025, and has gotten an extension in each of the last three years with Alabama 127-12 over the last 10 seasons, where he has given the team by far the best record in the college football over that span.

Nick Saban and Dabo Swinney

It wasn't to be for Saban's men against Clemson this time though.

Swinney's squad (15-0) beat Alabama (14-1) for the second time in three meetings in the national title game.

“We’re gonna enjoy this one. We’ve got a nice spot to put it in our facility, right next to that other one,” Swinney said. “We’ve got twins!”

https://twitter.com/CFBPlayoff/status/1082499752531439617?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw

Freshman Trevor Lawrence threw for 347 yards and three touchdowns to lead No. 2 Clemson to victory over No. 1 Alabama.

“It’s been an awesome journey,” Lawrence said. “It’s really unbelievable.”

Lawrence threw TD passes to Travis Etienne, Tee Higgins and Justyn Ross to help undefeated Clemson become the first team in the AP poll era starting in 1936 to win 15 games in a season.

And Clemson crushed Alabama, becoming the first opponent to beat the Tide by more than 14 points since Saban became coach in 2007.

https://twitter.com/SportsCenter/status/1082500979839418369?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw

Alabama’s Tua Tagovailoa threw two crucial interceptions in the first half, the first returned 44 yards for a touchdown by A.J. Terrell to put Clemson up 7-0.

The Tide came in scoring 48 points per game, but were shut out over the final 44 minutes by an opportunistic Clemson defense that stiffened in key spots.

https://twitter.com/espn/status/1082463853135437825?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw

Tagovailoa, the sophomore Heisman runner-up who came off the bench to win the championship game last year for the Tide, went 22 for 34 for 295 yards and two touchdowns. But this time around he was benched for Jalen Hurts in the fourth quarter.

“Good is not good enough,” Tagovailoa said.

"We shot ourselves in the foot."

- with AP

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